GT Karakoram Elite 29er 2014 -
With the Karakoram, performance and stability has been proven time and time again. The 29er delivers excellent ride qualities and coupled with great performing components, a bike that wants to ride fast, perform at its best and give total enjoyment with every ride. This machine is based around GTs Speed Metal frame design, with 29er geometry features, and Rockshox XC28 forks which features 100mm of travel.
This classic 29er hardtail from GT features an aluminium frame with the iconic Triple Triangle. Originally developed to extend the frame life, stiffen the rear triangle and thus create a faster, more responsive ride, the Triple Triangle frame has transcended its role as just another tech story and become an iconic symbol of who GT are and what they stand for. As well as the lightweight alloy frame, you get a pair of Rockshox XC28 forks. These delivers excellent damping and soak up everything (well virtually) you steer this machine over.
The Karakoram Elite also comes fitted with the powerful and trustworthy Avid DB1 hydraulic disc brakes. Superb stopping power is guaranteed and with the pads clamping around a set of 160mm rotors, stopping is awesome whatever the weather. A mixture of Shimano Deore and Alivio components provide the shifting mechanisms, whilst the Shimano Alivio triple chainset (44/32/22), coupled with the rear 9 speed cassette, provides the 27 gearing choices you have at your disposal. Climb the toughest of hills, and hurtle down the descents and along the flats - with 27 gears you can.
The 29" wheel has established itself as the most popular MTB wheel size for good reason. The benefits are simple to understand. A bigger wheel rolls over bumps better than a smaller wheel: this increases control, builds confidence, maintains momentum and makes you faster. The big wheels also provide extra traction in corners and off cambers as more rubber is in touch with the ground.
Frame heights are generally the same as the standover height so the bikes dont feel bigger to ride. From a handling perspective the geometry of a 29er bike differs from a 26 with the chainset positioned noticeably lower than the centre of the wheel hubs, this provides a sensation of sitting in the bike, not on top of the bike, creating extra traction in faster corners and solid boost of confidence.
The Karakoram range of MTB's are ridden by Race Whippets and Weekend Warriors everywhere so they are equally at home on the singletrack, the sprint for the finish line or a Sunday thrash with your friends. Built to last, providing excellent durability and great performance, the Karakoram is a trail bike for whatever you ride however you ride it.
Each Karakoram is fully built, tested and tuned by Wiggle's team of qualified bike mechanics to ensure you're bike arrives in perfect condition. To find out which size fits you use the size chart below.
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